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The Wonderful
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Dorothy-Esther & The Wonderful
Kingdom of AZ


 Original Story & Song Lyrics by

Curtis & Carolyn


Our story has no witches or wizards, but does indeed have a very evil man by the name of Haman.





[A 12-Character Parody Play for Purim]

Narrator: Tells the story and helps with dressing and  placing characters Haman: An Agagite who hated all the Jews
Dorothy-Esther Hadassah Mordechai: A young Jewish girl
who lives with her uncle and aunt
Zeresh: Haman's wife
Uncle Henry Mordechai: A devout Jew from the tribe of Benjamin,
Dorothy-Esther's uncle
Pete the Munchkin: A "little" person
Aunt Em Mordechai: Wife of Henry Mordechai and aunt to Dorothy-Esther Scarecrow: Needs a brain
King "AZ" Ahashuerus: Ruler of all Persia-Media Tin-Man: Needs a heart
Queen Glenda Vashti: Wife of King "AZ" Ahashuerus Cowardly Lion: Needs some courage


& The Kingdom of AZ

[A Five-Scene Purim Parody Story]
[Scenes: 1. King AZ's Throne Room, 2. Vashti's Room, 3. Haman's Home, 4. Mordechai's Home, 5. The Yellow-Brick-Road]

Story & All Song Lyrics by Curtis & Carolyn Loftin - 2010

MUSIC: Yellow Brick Road (Instrumental)

NARRATOR:  Welcome – Welcome – Welcome!  I’m here tonight to tell you a story – a very old story.  It’s the story of a beautiful Jewish girl by the name of Dorothy-Esther Hadassah Mordechai.  Perhaps you’ve heard the “American” version of the story.  But, I want to tell you what “really” happened.

It’s sometimes called the Feast of Lots … often called the Feast of Esther … but is usually called the Feast of Purim.    
Esther 9:28
  These days should be remembered and observed in every generation by every family, and in every province, and in every city.  And these days of Purim should never cease to be celebrated by the Jews, nor should the memory of them die out among their descendants.

Let me introduce you to our heroine.  This is Dorothy-Esther, a girl with a destiny.  Ha’Shem has special plans for her … but she doesn’t realize it yet.  She thinks she’s ordinary, but in actuality she’s extraordinary.

 (Pause for Esther’s costuming) 

MUSIC: Somewhere Over the Rainbow  (Instrumental)
(Fade music after Esther is clothed)


[Our Purim Spiel/Play is always "impromptu". No one knows if they'll have a part in the annual spiel/play until after the parody story begins.
Characters are introduced, called out from the audience, and clothed on top of their street clothes.
It has worked well for us and has continued to be a fun aspect of our Purim Celebration.]


Esther is introduced and costumed



 Scene: Put Esther in Uncle Henry Mordechai’s home

DOROTHY-Esther:  I was raised here in Shushan – and not in Kansas like some have implied.  My family and friends call me Hadassah, but in Shushan you have to be careful not to let just “everyone” know that you’re Jewish, so I prefer to be called Dorothy-Esther, or just Esther for short.  After the death of my parents, Uncle Henry and Auntie Em took me in and raised me.  I get a little lonesome sometimes with no other children in the family.  If it weren’t for my little dog “Toto”, I don’t know what I’d do!  (Speaking to Toto) Say “Hello”, Toto!

NARRATOR:  Some of you may recognize the Jew, Henry Mordechai.  He was exiled from Israel by King Nebuchadnezzar years ago.  When he’s not working on the family farm, Henry Mordechai sits by the gates of the city, talking with everyone he sees about Yahweh and discussion the Torah.  He’s a godly man - wise and well respected by all.  Since he and Em never had any children of their own, they loves Dorothy-Esther as if she were their own daughter.

(Pause for Mordechai’s costuming)
(Lower music after Henry is dressed then fade-out music totally after Auntie Em is dressed)
Scene: Place Uncle Henry Mordechai in the Family home – at the table – reading his Torah Scroll

UNCLE HENRY MORDECHAI:  Yes, I’m Jewish.  I’m Henry Mordechai, from the Tribe of Benjamin.  We Jews have never asked for trouble, but Ha’Shem, Blessed be His Name, seems to continually bless us with an ample supply.  True?  Of course, true! 

NARRATOR:  This is Esther’s Auntie Em.  Em was born Emlyn Zamir in Bagdad – the daughter of much-loved Rabbi Shaul Zamir.


 (Pause for Auntie Em’s costuming)


Mordechai is introduced and costumed; Auntie Em is introduced and costumed


Scene: Place Auntie Em in the Uncle Henry Mordechai Family home



AUNTIE EM:  (Yelling) Esther!  Dorothy-Esther!  Get in here right now and help me set the table for dinner.

DOROTHY-ESTHER:  Yes, Auntie Em!  I’m coming.  (Esther & Auntie Em set the table)

NARRATOR:  The Mordechai family lives a simple happy life – BUT – soon their life is going to change drastically.  But that’s the way of life – always changing.

NARRATOR:  This rather good looking fellow (pause) will soon develop a personal relationship with Esther and the Mordechai family.


(Pause for King AZ’s costuming)


Yellow Brick Road (Instrumental)


King AZ is introduced and costumed





Scene: King AZ's Throne Room


KING AZ:  Every story needs a hero … a real “He-Man”.  …a real stud-ly guy!  That’s me!  I’m captain of the Camel Polo team.  I can run faster than a charging lion – jump higher than an antelope.  Most of the ladies consider me a real “super man”.  That’s me.   I’m the King of Persia Media.  The name’s Ahashuerus, but you can call me King AZ!


NARRATOR:  If you haven’t figured  it yet, that is King Ahashuerus, but most of the kingdom simply calls him King AZ!  He wants everyone to remember his name, and thinking Ahashuerus was too long for most feeble minded people to remember – let alone spell – he adopted the name King “AZ”.  You should recognize him even from afar … rather distinguished looking … don’t you think?  Notice the noble chin, deep set eyes, and really BIG crown.  But I’ll let you in on a little secret.  He’s not really of “royal” blood.  


(Whispering) He “bought” his position, so they say. He used to be a stable-keeper. That’s where he really got all those muscles – carrying out stable dung!

King AZ has chosen Shushan as his capital because of the Jewish craftsmen who live there.  He wants a palace modeled after that of the Jewish King, Solomon. 



NARRATOR:  This is King AZ’s wife, Queen Glenda-Vashti. 



(Pause for Queen Vashti’s costuming)


MUSIC: Yellow Brick Road (Instrumental)


Queen Vashti is introduced and costumed



   Scene: Queen Glenda-Vashti's Room at the Palace

NARRATOR:  Queen Glenda-Vashti is the one with royal blood, from the family of King Nebuchadnezzar. Se’s his granddaughter.  King AZ’s only real claim to the throne stems from Queen Glenda-Vashti, and they both know this very well

(Whispering) She continually reminds him of it, too. 

He married her thinking she would add validity to his kingship.  She’s a little scatterbrained at times, but no one in the entire kingdom could doubt her fashion sense.  Vera Wang, Calvin Klein – they could all take lessons from her on style!  The only real problem – she loves PINK!  Everything is her suite is pink – her bedroom – her furniture - and all of her clothes.  Some say she’s even got a pink chariot – but that’s only a rumor – I’ve not actually seen it personally! 


QUEEN GLENDA-VASHTI:  I’m Glenda-Vashti.  I’m the “good” Queen of Persia Media.  I’m thinking about having pink out-houses installed for every home in the city.  Do you think King AZ will go for that idea?  


NARRATOR:  Every story has a villain.  In this one, it’s this guy…Haman!   


(Pause for Boos & Hisses)


MUSIC: Yellow Brick Road (Instrumental)
(Pause for Haman’s costuming)




NARRATOR:  It’s customary to show your distaste for him with a “Boo”, or a “Hiss” or by stomping your feet whenever his name is spoken. 

NARRATOR:  Haman - is from the nation of Amalek.  Maybe you remember when the Jews left Egypt and were crossing the wilderness … they had to fight against the people of Amalek.  As long as Moses hands were raised, the Children of Israel prevailed, so Aaron and Hur held up Moses’ arms and they defeated the people of Amalek.  Later the Prophet Samuel told King Shaul to smite Amalek and utterly destroy all the men, women, children, and cattle … everything.  (1Samuel 15:3)   Well … King Shaul didn’t listen!   But that’s another story.

This Haman is an Agagite, an Amalekite, of the descendants of Agag.  Does that tell you anything?  We’d be wise if we always listened to HaShem!!    Haman has 10 schmuck sons, just as evil as himself!


Scene: Haman’s House


Haman:  (One hand holding his back) Oh, the pain!  Oh, the pain!  Haman’s the name…self-promoting is my game.  I’ve spent years trying to get into King AZ’s palace as his most trusted advisor.  I think Queen Glenda-Vashti is the one hindering my success.  She’s probably one of those rotten Jews!  (Looking to the audience) You’re not Jewish are you?  …I just can’t stand those Jews! 


NARRATOR:  Let’s move on with our story. This is Haman’s wife, Zeresh.  She’s from the eastern part of the kingdom.  


   (Pause for Zeresh’s costuming)



Scene: Haman’s House


NARRATOR:  They say Zeresh is much smarter than her husband … even able to speak several languages, but she’s a little stubborn and refuses to speak her husband’s native language.  Hmmm!  Sounds like Haman’s not the only one with a “bad attitude”.  Zeresh and Haman have 10 sons – the kind of boys you wouldn’t want to run upon in a dark alley – the kind of boys only a mother could love.  … and she probably has a difficult time doing it, too.

ZERESH:  (Removing veil from her face) If Haman thinks I’m gonna wear this thing, he’s got another thought coming! 
(Picking up Mirror and looking into it)  “Mirror Mirror on the wall – who’s the fairest of them all?”

NARRATOR:   Certainly not you!

ZERESH:  (Laying mirror back on table) You’re just jealous of real beauty!


NARRATOR:   King AZ also has in his palace some really “short” servants.  At first glance they would appear to be children, but after a closer look you’d finally realize they were fully-grown adults – just short ones.  They have ravenous appetites and are prone to munch on chips, cookies and snack foods at all hours of the day and night.  The local residents of Shushan call them “Munch-kins”.  Look – here’s one of them now!  This is Pete the Munchkin!


(Pause for Pete the Munchkin’s costuming)
MUSIC: Yellow Brick Road (Instrumental)

Pete the Munchkin is introduced and costumed and placed in King AZ's castle



Scene: King AZ's Throne Room


NARRATOR:  This is what happened in the days of King Az, who ruled over 127 provinces from India to Ethiopia. Az gave a banquet for all his nobles and officials. The military leaders of Persia and Media, the princes, and the nobles of the provinces were present. The king also gave a 7-day banquet for all the people who lived in Shushan.
King AZ commanded Pete the Munchkin …
KING AZ:  Pete, Bring Queen Glenda-Vashti to the banquet wearing her royal crown, in order to display her beauty to the people and nobles.  What’s the point of having a Queen of noble birth if you can’t show her off every now and then?

Scene: Vashti's Room at the Corner of AZ's Palace

NARRATOR: So Pete the Munchkin went to Queen Glenda-Vashti and said…

PETE: (Pete goes to Vashti’s room)   King AZ desires your presence.

Queen Glenda-Vashti: A present?  Did you say presents?  Did he send me a present?  Is it pink?  Oh, I hope it’s pink!  I love pink! 
Pete:  No!  Not a present!  The King desires your “Presence”!
QUEEN GLENDA-VASHTI:  Oh!  (pause) I’m busy.  Tell him I’ve got to wash my hair.  Who does he think he is?  Just because he’s the King, and my husband, doesn’t give him any right to tell me what to do.  Maybe I’ll go … and then … maybe I just won’t!     (Pete returns to palace)
NARRATOR:  So, Queen Glenda-Vashti refused to go before the King as he had requested.

Scene: King AZ's Throne Room

KING AZ:  I’m so mad!  I’m furious!  Who does she think she is? What will the guys think?  I’ll be the laughing-stock of all the men in the kingdom!  What should I do to Queen Glenda-Vashti for not obeying my command?
Pete:  Queen Glenda-Vashti has done wrong against the king and against everybody.  All the women are going to hear about the queen’s conduct, and they might get ideas themselves.  They will despise their husbands … and think they can get by with doing the same thing! There will be no end of disrespect and discord.  You should issue a royal decree, written in the laws of Persia and Media, which cannot be repealed, that Queen Glenda-Vashti is never again to enter the presence of King AZ.   Also let the king give her royal position to someone else who is better-looking than she is … someone who knows how to listen to her husband’s wishes!
KING AZ: Well (pause), I would like to have someone a little younger!  And I’m sick and tired of pink, but why would a girl want to marry me?
PETE:  (sarcastically) I don’t know, sire - let me see - maybe all the diamonds – the servants – all the food you can eat – the threat of death if she refuses – these things mean a lot to a girl!  Look around – I’ll bet any of the girls in here would agree to be your queen.  Why don’t you pick one?
KING AZ:  A wonderful idea!  Have all the young beautiful girls brought before me!
King AZ is furious when Queen Vashti refuses to come to his party


Vashti, You Should Have Listened

Tune:  Take Me Out to the Ballgame



Vashti, you should have listened,

When your husband called you.

The King wanted to show off his beautiful Queen,

How could you have done such a horrible thing?

Now, you’re out, you’re out of the palace,

Looking for something to do,

For it’s 1, 2, 3 strikes you’re out,

In Old Shushan.

Vashti, What will the girls think?

And what will they do?

If he lets you slide without punishing you,

What in the world will the other girls do?

Now you’re out, you’re out of the palace,

Looking for something to do,

For it’s 1, 2, 3 strikes you’re out,

In Old Shushan.


PETE:  Let a search be made for beautiful young virgins for the king. Have all of these beautiful girls report to the King’s harem at Shushan. The girl who pleases the king will be queen instead of Queen Glenda-Vashti.  Remember, only beautiful girls…no homely ones, please!

(Vashti Exits)


 (Pete the Munchkin carries sign “Girls Wanted – Come to AZ”)

NARRATOR: Now there was in Shushan a Jew by the name of Henry Mordechai. Henry and his wife Em had no children and had raised lovely Hadassah as their own daughter when her father and mother died.  She was a sweet girl … and man was she “beautiful”.  This girl, who was also known as Esther, was lovely in form and features.

Scene: Mordechai's House


PETE:  (Pete goes to Mordechai’s house) I understand that there is a beautiful young woman living in your home.


UNCLE HENRY MORDECHAI:  Yes, what of it?

PETE:  Tell the girl to pack her things.  She’s to report to the palace as soon as possible!  King AZ demands it!   … and have her to bring some cookies!  
(Pete goes back to the palace)

UNCLE HENRY MORDECHAI:  I’ll tell her.  (turning to Esther) Dorothy-Esther, the king’s Munchkin, Pete, was here, and he wants you to report to the palace.  It seems King AZ is looking for a new wife.



Dorothy-Esther:  But I’m not really interested in living in the palace … or being the new Queen.  I enjoy my life here with you and Auntie Em.

UNCLE HENRY MORDECHAI:  I’m sure you do, Esther … and I feel the same.  But HaShem, Blessed be His Name, seems to have other plans for your life.  True?  Of course, true!  We must all walk through the doors that HaShem opens to us.  The Munchkin wants you to bring some cookies with you when you come.  It’s best to stay on his “good” side.

Narrator:  So Dorothy-Esther packed her belongings and said her goodbye’s.


Dorothy-Esther:  (Carrying Basket of Cookie & Toto) Uncle Henry, I’m ready to go, but I’m not sure which way to go?  Where is the Palace of AZ and how do I get there?

Auntie Em:  That’s simple.  Follow the yellow brick road!


Dorothy-Esther:  Follow the yellow brick road?


UNCLE HENRY MORDECHAI:  Yes, follow the yellow brick road!  It begins here! (pointing to road)


Dorothy-Esther:  (Hugging Uncle Henry & Auntie Em)  Goodbye Uncle Henry.  Goodbye Auntie Em.  I hope to see you both soon.



Dorothy-Esther:  OK!  (looking down at the road)  Follow the yellow brick road – follow the yellow brick road – follow the yellow brick road! (walking along the road)  Follow the yellow brick road, Follow the yellow brick road.


She’s Off to Find the Kingdom

Tune:  Yellow Brick Road & Kingdom of AZ



Follow the yellow brick road, Follow the yellow brick road,
Follow, Follow, Follow, Follow, Follow the yellow brick road …

She’s off to find the Kingdom, The Wonderful Kingdom of AZ

We hear King’s looking for a queen, the loveliest queen there was
If ever, oh ever, a girl there was to be his queen it’s her because
Because, because, because, because, because
Because of the kind-hearted things she does
She’s off to find the Kingdom - the Wonderful kingdom of AZ 


Narrator:  So Dorothy-Esther walked along – continuing to follow the yellow brick road that led to the Palace of King AZ. 


Dorothy-Esther:  (Pausing at forest) Now which way do I go? 

Narrator:  As Esther continued her journey to the Palace of King AZ, she spotted the most unusual sight!


(Pause for Scarecrow’s costuming)

MUSIC: Yellow Brick Road (Instrumental)


Scarecrow is introduced and costumed and placed beside the Yellow Brick Road


Scene: Yellow Brick Road beside forest


Narrator:  There in the midst of a large cornfield was what appeared to be a scarecrow!

Dorothy-Esther:  (Still paused at forest) Now which way do I go? 

Scarecrow:  That's the best way to go! (Pointing toward King AZ’s palace)

Dorothy-Esther:  Who said that? (Looking around and seeing noone but the Scarecrow) Was that you? (Scarecrow shakes his head “Yes”) 


Dorothy-Esther:  My name is Dorothy-Esther Hadassah Mordechai and I’m on my way to the Palace of King AZ.  He’s looking for a new Queen – and it’s possible he could select me. You must be really smart if you know how to talk. 

Scarecrow:  That’s the problem!  I don't know if I'm smart or not. I don't have a brain - only straw!

Dorothy-Esther:  How can you talk if you haven’t got a brain?

Scarecrow:  I'm not sure.

Dorothy-Esther:  What would you do if you had a brain?



If I Only Had A Brain 1
Tune:  If I Only Had a Brain



1. Scarecrow’s hoping and a-prayin’
That no longer here he’s a-stayin’
But be on his way to AZ
And the King he’ll be taskin’
For there’s just one thing he’s askin’
He really wants a brain.

2. He'd unravel any riddle
Even learn to play the fiddle
Be the source of AZ’s fame,
With such wisdom many would say,
He could be another Mo-she
If he only had a brain

Scarecrow could tell you why
To seek Ha’Shem in all you do
For there may come a time,
You’ll need God’s help - to help you, too.

3. Scarecrow isn’t just a nuffin'
With His head all full of stuffin'
His heart all full of pain
He’d read Torah with the Rabbis
Dance at weddings with the old guys
If he only had a brain.


Dorothy-Esther meets the Scarcrow on the way to AZ



Scarecrow:  Do you think if I went with you to see King AZ that he would give me a brain?

Dorothy-Esther:  It’s possible! Would you like to come with me? 

Scarecrow:  Yes, I would. Thank you so much for the offer.

MUSIC: Yellow Brick Road (Instrumental) 30 seconds then fade music


Narrator:  As Dorothy-Esther and the Scarecrow continued on their way to the Palace of King AZ, they noticed a Tin-Man in the middle of the forest.


MUSIC: Yellow Brick Road (Instrumental) fade music after costuming is complete


(Pause for Tin-Man’s costuming)


Scene: Yellow Brick Road, moving toward palace


Narrator:  Dorothy-Esther walked up to the Tin-Man and started “knocking” on his chest.


TIN-MAN: Hey! Watch it!


Dorothy-Esther:  Oh, I'm so sorry. I didn't mean to offend you.

TIN-MAN: That's OK. You just startled me. I could really use your help. It rained recently and my arms and legs rusted shut. Would get the oil can down there beside my feet and put a little bit of oil on my joints?
Scarecrow:  Oh, here it is.  (Picks up oil can and hands it to Esther)
Narrator:  Dorothy-Esther begins to oil the Tin-Man’s mouth … followed by his arms … and his knees.
DOROTHY-ESTHER: There you go. Perfect!
Tin-Man:  Perfect?  I’m hardly perfect.  The tin smith who made me forgot to give me a heart.
Dorothy-Esther:  Well, why don't you come with us to the Palace of King Az to ask him for a heart?
Tin-Man:  Do you think King AZ would give me one?

Dorothy-EstherI don't know for sure, but it's worth a try - isn't it?

NARRATOR: At that moment, Haman (Pause) came walking along and saw Esther with the Scarecrow and Tin-Man. Not realizing that she was on her way to the Palace of King Az, he said ...
HAMAN: Visitors are NOT welcome around here! I'd advise you to head back to where you came from. All of you! And take that little dog with you, too!
NARRATOR: Just as quickly as he came, Haman (Pause) departed. (Haman goes to his house)
SCARECROW: I'm not afraid of him, Dorothy-Esther. I'll see that you get safely to the Palace of King AZ.
TIN-MAN: So will I.
DOROTHY-ESTHER: Thank you both so very very much.


If He Only Had A Brain 2
Tune:  If I Only Had a Brain



1. There’s no time now for delayin’
No longer here they’re stayin’
They’re on their way to AZ
And the King they’ll be taskin’
For the various things they’re askin’
If they only get to AZ.

2. They’ll unravel any riddle
Fix things, even the middle
Be the source of Haman’s pain
With such wisdom many would say,
They could be another Mo-she
If they only get to AZ.

Oh, they could tell you why
Haman hates the Jews
And why Haman does the things he does
He’s just lookin’  – “to be amused”.

3. Haman really is a nuffin'
With His head all full of stuffin'
His heart all full of pain
He should read Torah with the Rabbis
Get a heart by helping old guys
He’s the one that needs a brain.

Scene: Yellow Brick Road


Narrator:  Dorothy-Esther, Scarecrow and Tin-Man continued on down the yellow brick road until they came to a dark forest.


Dorothy-Esther:  Do you suppose there are any wild animals in this forest?


Scarecrow:  (Scared) Wild animals?


Tin-Man:  (Scared) Wild animals?

Scarecrow:  (Scared) I hope not!
Tin-Man:  (Scared) I hope not!

Narrator:  Suddenly from the midst of the forest, the trio was approached by a growling ferocious-looking lion.


MUSIC: Yellow Brick Road (Instrumental)


 (Pause for Lion’s costuming)



Lion:  Growl!  (acting like he’s ready to start boxing)


Dorothy-Esther:  (hits lion on the chest & scolds him)  Stop that right now! That's not very nice!


Lion:  (crying voice)  Ouch! That hurts!


Dorothy-Esther:  Well! Well, you scared us! You're so very ferocious!

LION: That's just it. I'm not ferocious. I don't have any courage at all.
SCARECROW: No courage?
TIN-MAN: No courage?
LION: None!
SCARECROW: Not even just a little bit?
TIN-MAN: Not even just a little bit?

LION: Nope. None at all. I'm actually just a (brief pause) - - a "scaredy-cat"!

SCARECROW:  We're off to see King AZ. Maybe he could give you some courage.
TIN-MAN: Would you like to go with us?
LION: Do you think he would?
DOROTHY-ESTHER: We can't say for sure, but it wouldn't hurt to ask him. He just might.

(Dorothy, Lion, Scarecrow and Tin-Man lock arms and continue on down the road)


Narrator:  After King AZ’s edict had been proclaimed, many girls came to Shushan, including Dorothy-Esther. 


Scene: Queen Vashti-Glenda's Quarters/Room


(Dorothy, Lion, Scarecrow and Tin-Man enter Queen’s quarters)


Narrator:  Esther had not revealed her nationality and family background, because Uncle Henry Mordechai had forbidden her to do so. She and her new friends were escorted to a room in the palace of King AZ.


Narrator:  Before a girl’s turn came to go in to King AZ, she had to complete 12 months of beauty treatments, and then she would be invited to the King’s chambers.  In the evening she would go there and in the morning return to another part of the King’s harem for the concubines. She would not return to the king unless he was pleased with her and summoned her by name.


NARRATOR: Finally Esther’s time came to go before the King


Scene: King AZ's Throne Room


(Esther goes into the Palace)


(King & munchkin Pete go behind large curtain)


KING AZ:  WOW!  Who is that Babe?


PETE: Oh!  Very good choice, your Majesty!  That’s Dorothy-Esther.  We don’t know very much about her, but she is pleasant to the eyes, isn’t she, sire?


KING AZ:  Pleasant indeed! Very pleasant!


(King Az speaks to Dorothy from behind the large curtain in a strong voice)


KING AZ:  Who are you and why have you come to my palace?


DOROTHY-Esther:  (Esther curtsies - looks around to see if she can figure out where the voice cam from - then speaks)  If you please, sir, I am Dorothy-Esther.  I have come because the king has summoned all the young girls in the kingdom to come to his palace. He's looking for a new queen.


KING AZ:  And you think you’re worthy to be the new Queen of AZ?


DOROTHY-Esther:  No, your majesty.  I was just obeying the king's edict to come to the palace.


Narrator:  Suddenly Dorothy-Esther notices something stirring behind the large curtain.  King AZ sees that she has noticed him.


(Dorothy-Esther looks in the direction of the curtain)


KING AZ:  Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain! 


(Dorothy-Esther approaches the curtain and looks behind it)


Dorothy-Esther meets King Az, the man behind the "curtain"



DOROTHY-Esther:  You’re the “great” King AZ aren't you?  Why are you hiding behind the curtain?


KING AZ:  Well, It’s amazing what you can learn about people when they don’t know you’re watching and listening.


Narrator:  The King was attracted to Dorothy-Esther more than to any of the other women, and so she soon won his favor. He set a royal crown on her head, making her queen instead of Queen Glenda-Vashti. (Pete puts the crown on Dorothy-Esther)


King AZ chooses Dorothy-Esther as his new Queen


DOROTHY-Esther:  King AZ, I have three friends with me here in the palace.  (turning toward her room and Scarecrow, Tin-Man and Lion)  Come on in – don’t be afraid!


(Scarecrow, Tin-Man and Lion enter)


DOROTHY-Esther:  Your highness is known for his kindness throughout the entire kingdom.  My friend the Scarecrow is looking for a brain.  The Tin-Man is looking for a heart.  And the gentle lion is looking for courage.  Is it possible that you can give them what they desire most?


KING AZ:  I’ll see what can be done – but it may take time.  Until then – you (pointing to the Scarecrow) – you’ll be working in my palace as the Royal Dispatcher.


PETE:  (Putting his hand to his mouth and whispering to the audience) Finally, someone to do that job other than me!


(Scarecrow remains in palace, Tin-Man and Lion return to Queen’s quarters)


NARRATOR:  One day while Uncle Henry Mordechai was sitting at the king’s gate, he overheard two of the king’s Munchkins who were conspiring to assassinate King AZ. When he found out about the plot, he told Queen Esther, who reported it to the king, giving credit to Uncle Henry Mordechai.  When the report was investigated and found to be true, the two assassins were hanged on a gallows.


Scene: Haman’s House


Haman brings gifts of gold and silver for Zeresh and is pleased with
his advancement in the Kingdom of AZ



HAMAN:  (Yelling) Oh, snook-ems!  I’m home, my sweet little bowl of honey, and I’ve got a present for you!


(Haman hands Zeresh the gold & silver necklaces)


ZERESH:  A present for me?  What’s this, my Persian Prince?  Gold – and silver – necklaces?  What have you been up to?


HAMAN:  Guess who has been elevated to the number one seat of power in all the kingdom – just under the king, of course?


ZERESH:  Really?  You finally did it!  You convinced that fool of a king to make you his number one nobleman!  How wonderful!  Oh, I see the good life just around the corner for me – I mean “us”.  There’s nothing we can’t have!  There’s nothing we can’t do!  You just wait till I see my mother!  She said you’d never amount to anything!

HAMAN:  Yes, my sweets, it’s time we got the respect and honor we deserve.  Let me go.  I’m heading back to the palace – and I’ll bask in my new-found power on the way!  This is gonna be great!

Scene: Yellow Brick Road


(Haman walks along yellow brick road. 
Tin-Man and Lion approach him & bow down.
Uncle Henry Mordechai approaches, but does not bow)


NARRATOR:  All the royal officials at the king’s gate knelt down and paid honor to Haman, as the king had commanded. But Uncle Henry Mordechai would not kneel down or pay him honor. When Haman saw that Uncle Henry Mordechai would not kneel down or pay him honor, he was enraged.


HAMAN:  Why aren’t you bowing to me?  Don’t you know who I am?


Uncle Henry Mordechai:  Me bow to you?  God should strike me dead first, blessed be His Name, should I EVER bow to you!  Yes, I know who you are, but I’m Henry Mordechai, the Jew, from the tribe of Benjamin, and I bow before no one but Yahweh.


(Haman goes to palace – Mordechai goes to his home – Tin-Man & Lion to Queen’s chambers)


Scene: King AZ's Throne Room


NARRATOR:  Haman was furious!  He looked for a way to destroy Uncle Henry Mordechai and all of his people, the Jews.


HAMAN:  King.  There is a group of people scattered among the peoples in your kingdom whose customs are different from those of our people and who do not obey the king’s laws.  These “Jews” are vermin – the very cause of every woe that has come upon us all!  If it pleases the king, let a decree be issued to destroy them. They’re worthless people … and they have UGLY daughters!


KING AZ:  Ugly daughters?  Really?  We can’t have that in the kingdom!  I try to be a good and noble king, but if they have ugly daughters, something has to be done!  I’ll give you the signet ring from my finger.  Do with these people as you please…especially the UGLY ones.


SCARECROW:  Your majesty, if I may be so bold, are you sure this is something you want to do?


KING AZ:  It’s Haman’s suggestion, he’s my second in command and I’m sure he wouldn’t lead me wrong.


HAMAN:  Not at all, your majesty!  We will send out dispatches with the order to destroy, kill and annihilate all the Jews—young and old, women and even little children—on a single day.  I’ve just cast the “pur”, and the 13th day of the 12th month, the month of Adar, is the chosen day to kill the Jews and to plunder their goods.


(Scarecrow reluctantly carries sign “Kill the Jews” – shaking his head in disgust –
 stopping briefly at Henry Mordechai’s house so Mordechai can see the sign - then returns to palace)


Scene: Uncle Henry Mordechai's House


NARRATOR:  When Uncle Henry Mordechai learned of all that had been done, he tore his clothes, and put on sackcloth and ashes.   Esther heard what Uncle Henry Mordechai was doing, and she sent the cowardly Lion to find out why. (Lion goes to Mordechai’s house)


UNCLE HENRY MORDECHAI:  (Speaking to the Lion)  Tell Queen Dorothy-Esther, that evil Haman, may his brains be turned to mush, has made plans to have all the Jews killed on the 13th day of Adar.  She must go into the King’s presence to beg for mercy and plead for her people. 


AUNTIE EM:  Won’t that be dangerous for her – to approach King AZ without his requesting her to come into his presence?


UNCLE HENRY MORDECHAI:  It might be dangerous – but there’s no doubt that Ha’Shem has placed her in the palace for a reason.

LION:  I’ll be sure she receives your message.


(Lion returns to Queen’s Quarters)  


Scene: Queen Vashti/Dorothy-Esther's Quarters)


NARRATOR:  The Lion returns to Esther’s quarters and tells her what Uncle Henry Mordechai had said.


DOROTHY-ESTHER: Uncle Henry knows that any man or woman who approaches the king in the inner court without being summoned will be put to death. The only exception to this is for the king to extend the gold scepter to him and spare his life. Thirty days have passed since I was last called to go to the king.  I might be the Queen, but I don’t know if I want to risk it or not!


TIN-MAN:  Do not think that just because you are in the king’s house that you will escape this tragedy. If you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will come from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish.


LION:  And who knows but that you have come to this royal position for such a time as this.


DOROTHY-ESTHER:  We need a miracle, and men can not work miracles without the hand of the Eternal.  Tell Uncle Henry Mordechai to gather together all the Jews who are in Shushan, and fast for me. When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish. 



Esther, Ha’Shem Has Chosen You As Queen
Tune: Somewhere Over the Rainbow



Esther, Ha’Shem has chosen you as Queen,
Placed you here for a purpose, to go before the King.
Esther, Ha’Shem won’t let harm come to you
With His hand He will guide you,
There’s nothing He can’t do.

Someday Messiah will return
The thing for which your heart has yearned will happen
Troubles gone, your heart will hop
as Anti-Semitism stops,
Shalom will find you

Esther, you’re here for such a time as this
Finally hope for your people
You’ve always dreamed of this

 You’re here for such a time as this
Stand firm, trust God, He’s always here with you!


NARRATOR:  So Uncle Henry Mordechai carried out all of Esther’s instructions.   On the third day, Esther put on her finest royal robes and stood in the inner court of the palace, in front of the king’s hall. When the king saw Queen Esther standing in the court, he was pleased with her and held out to her the gold scepter that was in his hand. So Esther approached and touched the tip of the scepter.


Scene: King AZ's Throne Room


(Esther, Tin-Man & Lion enter Palace.  Dorothy approaches – other 2 stay near entrance)


KING AZ:  What is it, Dorothy-Esther? What is your request? Even up to half of my kingdom, it will be given to you.


DOROTHY-ESTHER:  If it pleases King AZ, come today to a banquet I have prepared for you … and bring Haman, too.


KING AZ:  A banquet, really?  We’d love to come. 


(Esther, Tin-Man, Lion, King AZ & Haman go to Esther’s Quarters)


Scene: Queen Vashti/Dorothy-Esther's Room


NARRATOR:  So King AZ and Haman went to the banquet Dorothy-Esther had prepared. (Haman & AZ to queen’s quarters)


HAMAN: (Sarcastically) What a nice little dog.  (Patting Toto on the head) And you, my dear - what an unexpected pleasure.  It's so kind of you to want “me” to visit you - you must be so lonely.


KING AZ:  I don't think she's lonely, Haman.  It's something else.  What do you want from me, Dorothy-Esther? I will give you anything you desire. What is your request? Even up to half the kingdom.  It will be yours.


DOROTHY-ESTHER:  If you really have feelings for me… if you regard me with favor and if it pleases you to grant my petition, come again tomorrow, along with Haman, to another banquet I will prepare for you. Then I will answer your question.


(King AZ returns to Palace – Haman to his home)


NARRATOR:  Haman went out that day happy and in high spirits. He called together his friends, Zeresh - his wife, and his sons.  (Pause to add "unsuspecting" sons, just for this one scene)  Haman boasted to them about his vast wealth, his many sons--he had 10 of them--and all the ways the king had honored him & how he had elevated him above the other nobles and princes in Persia.


Scene: Haman’s House


HAMAN:  Oh, Zeresh!.  I've got something for you! 


ZERESH:  Really? What is it?  More jewels?


HAMAN:  No, only a broom this time! (Hands Zeresh the broom)


ZERESH:  I really have to tell you, dear, but this gift is a big "let down" after the gold and silver jewelry!  What am I supposed to do with a broom - sweep with it or ride it?  Couldn't you have gotten one with a longer handle?


HAMAN:  The broom’s not for you - it's for the servants.  I just know you said you needed a new broom.


HAMAN:  Why are we talking about the broom when I've got such good news.  It was wonderful!  Queen Esther threw a party today - and that’s not all!  I’m the only person she invited to accompany King AZ to the banquet she gave.  She has invited me along with the king again tomorrow. All this gives me no satisfaction, however, as long as I see that Jew, Henry Mordechai, sitting at the king’s gate and refusing to bow to me.


ZERESH:  Then just get rid of him!  Have a gallows built and in the morning ask the king to have Henry Mordechai hanged on it. Then go with the king to Esther's dinner and be happy.


NARRATOR:  This suggestion delighted Haman, and he had the gallows built…right outside of his own house.  (Haman’s sons dismissed back to congregation)


NARRATOR: Some people never learn!  That night the king could not sleep; so he ordered the book of the chronicles of his reign to be read to him. (Scarecrow hands the king his Book of Chronicles from table)  KING AZ found recorded how Henry Mordechai had exposed the two Munchkins who had conspired to assassinate him.


Scene: King AZ's Throne Room


KING AZ:  (Speaking to the Scarecrow)  I forgot all about that incident.  What honor and recognition has Henry Mordechai received for saving my life and bringing this matter to my attention?


SCARECROW:  Nothing has been done for him, sire.  …and it sounds like he deserves some great honor.


NARRATOR:  Shortly after that Haman entered the room.  (Haman enters Palace)


KING AZ:  Haman, What should be done for the man the king delights to honor?


HAMAN:  (Speaking to himself) Who is there that the king would rather honor than me?


HAMAN: Oh, King, if there is someone you desire to honor, then you should bring a royal robe the king has worn and a horse the king has ridden, one with a royal crest placed on its head.   Then let your Munchkins – or even this foolish Scarecrow - robe the man that you desire to honor, and lead him on the horse through the city streets, proclaiming what this man has done and how the king delights to honor him.


KING AZ:  That’s a great idea, Haman!  Go at once, get the robe (Pause) and the horse (Pause) and do just as you have suggested (Pause) … for Henry Mordechai … the Jew.  (King AZ hands Book of Chronicles back to Scarecrow) 


(Haman robes Mordechai  and leads him down the yellow brick road on horseback)


NARRATOR:  So Haman robed Uncle Henry Mordechai, and led him on horseback through the city streets, proclaiming


HAMAN:  This is what is done for the man the king desires to honor! Oh, the pain! …the pain!




Scene: Queen Vashti/Dorothy-Esther's Room


(Haman & King AZ return to Esther’s Quarters – Scarecrow attends, too)

NARRATOR:  The next day the King and Haman went to dine with Queen Esther.

KING AZ:  Dorothy-Esther, we're here again. What is your petition? I will give you anything you desire. What is your request? Even up to half the kingdom, it will be granted to you because of the great love I have for you.


DOROTHY-ESTHER:  If I have found favor with you, O king, and if it pleases your majesty, spare my life—this is my petition … and spare the lives of the Jewish people.


KING AZ:  Spare your life?  Why?  I don't understand!  Where is any man in the entire kingdom who would dare to do anything to harm you - or your people?  Who is he?


DOROTHY-ESTHER:  I’m Jewish, my king. And the adversary and enemy is this vile man, Haman …


NARRATOR:  Haman was terrified and began to tremble. The king got up in a rage and went out into the palace garden.  (King leaves palace) Haman, realizing that the king had already decided his fate, stayed behind to beg Queen Esther for his life.  (Haman falls at Esther's feet)


As King Az and Haman dine with Dorothy-Esther, he realizes he's in BIG trouble



The King is the King
Tune: Mr. Ed



King AZ is the King, of course, of course,
And no one can talk to the King, of course,
That is, of course, unless King AZ extends his scepter to you.

Mordechai told the Queen to tell the King,
That Haman was acting so mean, SO MEAN!
God placed you here to do this thing,
Go and talk with the King.

The people prayed and fasted for her for 3 solid days,
Finally she told the King AZ that she had something to say.

It’s with much remorse, I take this course,
I don’t see the option of a divorce,
So do one thing, and save your Queen,

(long pause)    …From this evil man!


(King AZ returns to Dorothy-Esther's Room)


NARRATOR:  Just as the king returned from the palace garden to the banquet hall, Haman was falling on the couch where Esther was reclining, attempting to persuade her to change her mind concerning him.


KING AZ:  Will you even molest the queen while she is with me in my house?  I thought you hated Jews.  I know she’s “hot”, but she’s also MINE! What am I to do with you?


SCARECROW:  Coincidentally, there is a gallows by Haman’s house, your Majesty.


TIN-MAN:  He had it built for Uncle Henry Mordechai...


LION:  Who spoke up and saved the King’s life.


KING AZ:  Then, Hang him on it!  …and good riddance!


(Lion places the noose around Haman’s neck)




HAMAN:  (Looking at Queen Dorothy-Esther)  Look what you’ve done!  Who would have thought that a good little girl like you could destroy all of my wicked plans for the Jews.


(Munchkin Pete leads Haman away)



Ding Dong Haman is Dead
Tune: Ding Dong the Witch is Dead



Ding Dong! Ha-man is dead. Which old Man? The Wicked Man!
Ding Dong! Haman, he is dead.
Wake up – you sleepy head, listen close, to what I said.
Wake up, ol’ Haman, he is dead.

He's gone - where demons go,
Below - below – below - You know, let's sing it so the whole wide world will know.

Ha’Shem has made it so, sing it high, sing it low.
Tell the world, that Haman he is dead!


NARRATOR:  So they hanged Haman on the gallows he had prepared for Uncle Henry Mordechai.  


NARRATOR: It had been a difficult time for the Jews living in Persia Media during the Babylonia captivity, but God never left them or forgot about them.  They had always been, and will always be the Apple of His “Ever-seeing” Eye.


NARRATOR: Monarchs will come and go, empires will rise and fall, but Ha-Shem, Blessed be He, will always be in everlasting covenant with the seed of Jacob - the people of Israel.


NARRATOR:  That same day King AZ banished Zeresh and gave Queen Dorothy-Esther the estate of Haman. He found out that Uncle Henry Mordechai was Esther’s guardian, and had him brought into the palace.


Scene: King AZ's Throne Room


(Exit Zeresh - All others enter palace)


KING AZ:  Henry Mordechai!  So you’re a Jew – and Dorothy-Esther’s Uncle!  Here is my signet ring.  You shall be my new “Number One Man” - second in rank only to the King.  We’ll call you “Prime Minister”.  Or would you prefer “Prime Rabbi”?  (Everyone chuckles)


NARRATOR:  The king took off his signet ring, which he had reclaimed from Haman, and presented it to Dorothy-Esther’s uncle, Henry Mordechai.


DOROTHY-Esther:  (speaking to King AZ)  My King, these three friends of mine have been so faithful to me – and to you.  Is there anything you can do for them?   The Scarecrow is looking for a brain - the kindly Tin-Man for a heart – and the cowardly lion is looking for courage.  Is it possible that you can give them what they desire?


(Scarecrow, Tin-Man and Lion step closer)


KING AZ:  (Speaking to the Scarecrow) Anyone can have a brain, Scarecrow.  That’s a very common thing to all creatures. All you really need to prove that you have a brain is a diploma!  Therefore, by virtue of the authority vested in me - as King AZ - I confer on you this honorary degree! (Take diploma off of table and hands it to the Scarecrow)


Scarecrow:  WOW!  Who would have known it was that simple!  Let's see ... 36 divided by 9 is 4 ... the capital of Persia-Media is Shusham ... the word "scarecrow" is a "noun".  (pause) WOW! I really do have a brain!


KING AZ:  (Speaking to the Lion) As for you, my friend, you’ve got much more courage than you think. I've seen it in you as you've served me since you came to the palace.  All you need to show that courage is a medal! Therefore, I award you the Medal of Courage.  (Take medal off of table and hands it to the Lion)


Lion:  (timidly)  WOW! (showing everyone) Look - isn't it awesome?


KING AZ:  (Speaking to the Tin-Man) As for you, my tin friend. Are you sure you really want a heart? They can be broken you know. All you need is a token of appreciation.  Therefore, I present you with this as a small token of our esteem and affection (Takes Heart-Watch off of table and hands it to the Tin-Man)


Tin-Man:  Oh, listen, It ticks!  (holds it up to Esther's ear)


Dorothy-Esther pleads with King AZ


(Dorothy-Esther falls on her knees before King AZ)


NARRATOR:   Queen Dorothy-Esther again pleaded with the king, falling at his feet and weeping. She begged him …

DOROTHY-ESTHER:  Now, my King, my husband, please put an end to the evil plan of Haman, which he had devised against the Jews.


PETE:  You know a law cannot be revoked once it has been written. 

KING AZ:  True!  True!  But I’ve got another idea!  You, my Queen, may write another law in my name - on behalf of the Jews - and seal it with my signet ring.


NARRATOR:  The king’s new law granted the Jews the right to assemble and protect themselves; to destroy, kill and annihilate any armed force of any nationality that might attack them and their women and children; and to plunder the property of their enemies. 


(Scarecrow carries decree: “Protect Yourselves”)


NARRATOR:  Uncle Henry Mordechai left the king’s presence wearing royal garments of blue and white, a large crown and a robe of fine linen. (Mordechai goes to Dorothy-Esther's Room)  The city of Shushan held a joyous celebration.  For the Jews it was a time of happiness and joy, gladness and honor.  Many people of other nationalities became Jews because of the favor they had found with King Ahasuerus. All the nobles of the provinces helped the Jews. Uncle Henry Mordechai was prominent in the palace - enjoying his new title as "Prime Rabbi".  His reputation spread throughout the provinces, and he became more and more powerful.


AUNTIE EM:   (Auntie Em joins Mordechai in Esther’s Room) Well, Henry Mordechai!  It seems Dorothy-Esther isn’t the only one Ha’Shem has chosen to favor with His blessing!


UNCLE HENRY MORDECHAI:  I have indeed found favor in Ha’Shem’s sight.  He has blessed me for the sake of His people.  He has not turned His face from His servant during this difficult time, but placed me here to help right the wrongs of that evil Haman.  For the LORD will bless the righteous; with favor He will compass us as with a shield.  Ha’Shem will arise and have mercy upon Zion: for the time to favor her has come.


NARRATOR:  On the 13th day of Adar the Jews struck down their enemies with the sword, killing and destroying them.  They killed 500 men in an attempt to protect their families and property, but they refused to plunder those who intended them harm.




(Esther sits on throne beside of King AZ)


NARRATOR:  Haman had plotted against the Jews to destroy them and had cast the “pur” (that is, the lot) for their destruction. But when the king found out, he issued written orders that the evil scheme Haman had devised against the Jews should come back onto his own head, and that he and his sons should be hanged on the gallows.


NARRATOR:  Therefore these days were called Purim, from the word “pur”.


NARRATOR:  The Jews established the custom that they and their descendants and all who would join them should observe these 2 days every year, in the way and time prescribed by Uncle Henry Mordechai. The 14th and 15th of Adar should be remembered and observed in every generation by every family, and in every province and in every city. And these days of Purim should never cease to be celebrated by the Jews.  Uncle Henry Mordechai the Jew was second in rank to King AZ, and was held in high esteem by his many fellow Jews, because he honored God, worked for the good of the Jews, and spoke up for the welfare of all the people.



Today We Sing About Purim
Tune:  To Life – L’Chaim



Today we sing about Purim,
And how God protected the Jews.
About Esther, and Mordechai,
Haman and all those guys,
Here’s to Purim…to Life!

 To Life, to life,  L’Chaim,
L’Chaim, L’Chaim to life,
Esther and Mordechai,
Haman and all those guys.
Here’s to Purim…TO LIFE!

Lai, Lai, Lai, Lai


NARRATOR:  ESTHER 9:28 These days should be remembered and observed in every generation by every family, and in every province, and in every city.  And these days of Purim should never cease to be celebrated by the Jews, nor should the memory of them die out among their descendants.





Play Notes


Our congregation started small and has grown over the years.  We've had as few as 30 and as many as 100 in attendance at the Purim Spiels (Yiddish for comedic play).  Since the group started small, parts were not memorized beforehand, but instead were assigned on the evening of the play.   As the Narrator reads his/her part, the unsuspecting cast is brought up and costumed before the group.  It's totally impromptu. Everyone is always willing to take a part and it's always interesting to see who will be portraying the character each year - since you never really know who is gonna be in attendance.  Props and costumes are added to the characters by the Director and his helpers during the play, which adds a lot of humor to the story telling, too.


Play Costumes

Much of the humor in the play comes when the Director adds the props
to the characters during the course of the play.

Costumes can be purchased on the internet for any of the Wizard Of Oz characters
I used a combination of purchased and homemade costumes.

a. Cheap shoes from Wal-Mart spray painted red, b. hair in pig-tails with blue ribbons, c. blue & white gingham dress (if possible)
(I found my "Dorothy" costume at Wal-Mart during Halloween and stored it back till the next Spring)
, a stuffed animal to use as Toto (doesn't even have to be the same type of dog).

King AZ:
a. "Ring-Pop" ring, b. Scepter (mine was made from a large pencil & aluminum foil), b. Crown from Party City over top of a Green St. Patrick's Day Hat, c. Green Vest
(Since he lives in the Emerald City), d. Large Bow-Tie made from poster board

Queen Vashti:
Pink long shirt/gown made from pink fabric acquired from the $1.50yd fabric table at Wal-Mart, b. Crown, c. Sunglasses, d. Men's Pants
(She holds up the pants when she says, "You can tell who wears the pants in the family")

Haman (Witch Replacement Character):
a. 3-sided Pirate hat acquired from Party City, b. glasses with big nose & mustache also from Party City, c. Black Pants and Shirt

a. Black burqa/hijab made from fabric acquired from the Wal-Mart fabric department, b. Black dress (or pants and shirt)

Pete the Munchkin:
a. Munchkin Scalp & Hair Piece (Ordered from the internet), b. Munchkin pointed shoes (made on the spot with newspaper and green tape)

Uncle Henry Mordechai:
a. Kippah, b. Straw Hat, c. Overalls, d. Flanel Shirt

Aunt Em:
Apron, b. Wire-framed spectacles, c. Scarf


a. Homemade Hat or Straw Hat, b. Checked Flannel Shirt, c. Raffia used as straw around the bottom of hat and cuffs of the shirt.
(I found a Scarecrow costume on the Internet and used it. I purchased one larger than the person I planned to use to ensure it wouldn't be too small.)

a. Lt. Grey Shirt from WalMart's Men's Department, b. Funnel from Automotive Dept at Wal-Mart sprayed silver, c. Toy Ax (I sprayed mine silver)
(it would also be fun to wrap him in aluminum foil and clear tape) (Tin-Man costume can also be found on the Internet)

Cowardly Lion:
a. Purchased Cowardly Lion costume from the Internet
Just Remember: Costumes can be homemade, found at Party City or elsewhere on the Internet

Purim Play Props


1. Horse
    Haman leads Mordechai through the streets on a horse.  I used a saw-horse with a hobby-horse head taped to the front, a homemade yarn tail stapled onto
    the back, and a folded blanket as a saddle. (We also used the same horse the year before for our Purim Star Wars parody play)


2. Hangman's Noose
    I had a friend to tie one for me using a some heavy-weight nylon chord that I found.


3. Three Signs
    a. "Girls Wanted - Come to AZ", b. "Kill the Jews", c. "Defend Yourselves"
     (They can be printed on Computer Printer on cardstock or handmade on cardboard)


4. Hand mirror for Zeresh
    Purchased at Wal-Mart


5. Toto: Stuffed Toy Dog
  It doesn't even have to be the same type of dog from the movie

6. Small Torah Scroll for Mordechai
    Use a small real one - or something homemade
7. Basket for Dorothy to carry
8. Scepters for King AZ & Vashti (which then goes to Dorothy Esther)
9. Blue Ribbons for Esther's pigtails
10. Oil Can for Scarecrow 
      Check the automotive section at Wal- Mart
11. Crown for Vashti
      Homemade from poster board and sprayed gold or pink - or something purchased if you prefer
12. Diploma for Scarecrow
13. Heart for Tin-Man
      Mine was purchased on the Internet but something homemade can be used (See Below)
14. Medal of Honor for Cowardly Lion
      Mine was purchased on the Internet but something homemade can be used (See Below)

Lion's Courage Medal and Tin-Man's Heart found on the Internet


15. A really BIG lollipop for Pete the Munchkin
16. Yellow Brick Road
      I took several yellow plastic rectangular tablecloths from Party City and used a permanent magic marker to draw bricks. This was taped to the floor.
17. Something to hang Scarecrow on
     I had someone build me just what I needed